Hot Tiny Homes News For Denver

Hot Tiny Homes News For Denver

Appendix Q In Progress:  Denver, Colorado

Written By Janet Thome

Denver, Colorado is in in their building code cycle change to include the 2018 IRC and  Appendix Q Tiny Houses has been included in Denver’s proposed code changes and is in progress. There will be a public forum at the end of October. the  date is still to be determined. I will update this as soon as the date is listed. The anticipated adoption date is fall 2019.

Support Information From Denver

Supporting Information​:For dwellings that are 400 square feet or less in floor area,excluding lofts, Appendix Q provides relaxed provisions as compared to those in the body of the code. These provisions primarily address reduced ceiling heights for loft areas and specific stair and ladder detail requirements that allow for more compact designs where accessing lofts

.Purpose: This allows alternatives to low cost housing.

Reason: Low cost housing is a city-wide initiative

Reasons: Denver has a housing shortage. The real estate market is inflated, thus reducing housing options

Substantiation: Without the amendment, homes under 400 square feet  are almost impossible to permit using the IRC

Impact: Proposal with reduce the cost of alternative low cost housing

City And County Of Denver

The City and County of Denver is adopting an updated Building and Fire Code, which will include the 2018 editions of the following international codes:

  • International Building Code
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Green Construction Code (brand new to Denver – will be voluntary)

City And County Of Denver

International Green Construction Code: Voluntary Option

Denver has included the Green Construction Code that is brand new and will be used voluntarily. The 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides the design and construction industry with the single, most effective way to deliver sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings. The ‘IgCC-powered-by-189.1’ joint initiative frames the essential sustainable construction building blocks on which future resilient initiatives can develop and expand.

By collaborating on developing the 2018 IgCC, the strategic developing organizations supporting it envision a new era of building design and construction that includes environmental health and safety as code minimums. The goal of the 2018 IgCC will provide fundamental criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality and building performance that can be adopted broadly.

International Green Construction Code ICC

Joe Callantine Visionary And Tiny Home Developer Has A Big Announcement

Joe Callantine, Board Member of THIA, Visionary, Advocate, Electrician, Photovoltaic Specialist and tiny home community  developer has just announced that he signed the first investor and funds are deposited into the business account!  Joe is looking for  land for his first community. The Community will most likely be located in Jefferson County, Colorado. Potentially with in 45 minutes commute to Denver but all efforts are being made to be within the metro area.

The fewest spots available will be 15 up to 45 tiny homes allowed. We want to accommodate the people already living in tiny homes on wheels, who are striving for a legal place to call home. Bring Your Own Home.

There will be an application process, not unlike cooperative style living and insurance will be required. A 1 year lease initial agreement will be required, to be reviewed upon renewal.

Ownership dues will be between $650 and $850, which will be geared toward ownership rights, privileges and responsibilities. After the land and its development costs have been paid, lot fees will be reduced for the maintenance and upkeep of the community.

Each tiny home location will have all major utility connections, access to a plot in the pocket gardens and additional storage space will be available in the community building. With an organic community concept in mind, vehicular traffic will be kept at a minimum with the entire community being pedestrian, bike and pet friendly.

Please contact Joe if you any questions, would like to be an investor, have land or desire to be a part of his tiny home community. Joe is Making Tiny Possible!

Life Size: Tiny Communities


Tiny-home villages could be allowed across much of Denver

She is proposing that the city change its rules to allow tiny-home villages on far more properties. The change could make it much easier and simpler to build the low-cost housing communities in Denver

Under Kniech’s proposal, which was written with city staff, villages would be officially allowed in industrial, mixed-use and commercial zones. Opening up industrial sites could give organizers new access to warehouse sites on the edge of residential neighborhoods.

Villages also would be allowed on church sites, community centers and other institutional sites in residential neighborhoods, but not directly on single-family properties. Villages in residential areas would be limited to 30 homes, depending on space. All units would have to be at least 70 square feet.

Denver Post 

Denver City Council to invest $500,000 in ‘granny flats’ program

The Denver City Council agreed Monday to invest $500,000 in an ongoing pilot program that provides forgivable loans to West Denver homeowners to help fund accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, popularly known as “granny flats.”

Those ADUs — small homes adjacent to a homeowner’s primary single family home, on the same lot or parcel — can supplement a homeowner’s income as a rental property, the city argues.

Photo Credit: The Stone Cottage Built By SimBLISSity Tiny Homes
Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes

Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes

We Are Making Progress For Moveable Tiny Homes

Written By Janet Thome

Appendix Q for tiny homes on a foundation is becoming widely accepted and welcomed by jurisdictions that benefit the consumer, builder and the jurisdiction to finally have a standard. I have been documenting the states and jurisdictions across the nation that have adopted Appendix Q and what I have discovered is the jurisdictions are grateful for a definition and a means to regulate tiny homes.

We have a long way to go regarding  moveable tiny homes as permissible and permanent dwellings, but there has been great successes thanks to all the American Tiny House Advocates ( ATHA)  as they forge the path. We owe a special thanks to Dan Fitzpartrick, the Director of Government Relations of both ATHA and THIA for opening doors in many jurisdictions in California which can be used as an example across the nation. Nick Mosley, Vice President of ATHA and board member of THIA, has also been a key player in moving mountains in California, allowing moveable tiny homes as ADUs in backyards.

Tiny Houses: Affordable Sustainable Eco-Friendly

Dan Fitzpatrick gave lectures all across California and created a  presentation  on moveable tiny homes that is an excellent tool if you are working with a jurisdiction.


How Do I Get Zoning Passed In My Area For Tiny Houses In My Area?

This is a great guide that we can all learn from written by Rene’ Hardee , Florida Chapter Leader of ATHA  sharing her success story on Tiny House Talk. Details

Affordable Housing Cannot Wait

The New American Homeless

We are in a crisis and there is a New American Homeless.Housing insecurity in the nation’s richest cities is far worse than government statistics claim. Just ask the Goodmans.
Last August, Cokethia Goodman returned home from work to discover a typed letter from her landlord in the mailbox. She felt a familiar panic as she began to read it. For nearly a year, Goodman and her six children—two of them adopted after being abandoned at birth—had been living in a derelict but functional three-bedroom house in the historically black Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta. Goodman, who is 50, has a reserved, vigilant demeanor, her years trying to keep the kids out of harm’s way evident in her perpetually narrowed eyes.

She saw the rental property as an answer to prayer. It was in a relatively safe area and within walking distance of the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy, the public elementary school her youngest son and daughter attended. It was also—at $950 a month, not including utilities—just barely affordable on the $9 hourly wage she earned as a full-time home health aide. Goodman had fled an abusive marriage in 2015, and she was anxious to give her family a more stable home environment. She thought they’d finally found one.

Article Source The New Republic

Documenting Our Successes For Moveable Tiny Homes

This will be a blog post in progress as I add the successes we are achieving for moveable tiny homes. Please share if you have a success story.


Camp Verde: On Oct. 24, 2018, the Camp Verde Town Council approved an agri-tourism use permit for a community of tiny houses on wheels, vintage recreational vehicles and agri-tourism events. The 15-acre parcel that would house the complex is owned by Camp Verde residents Carmen Howard and her husband David.

Article SourceTinyPortableCedarCabins 

Park Models
A Park Model is allowed as a Dwelling Unit per Section 565 of the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Ordinance. A permit is required prior to installation of a Park Model Unit

Development Services Yavapai County

Tiny Homes On Wheels Are Legal In Mobile Home Parks In Arizona

According to Susan Brenton, Executive Director of Manufactured Housing of Arizona, Tiny Homes on Wheels are legal in mobile home parks in Arizona. The newer parks primarily cater to the modular market. The older parks  are most appropriate for Tiny Homes.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association



“We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’ ” says Mayor Ashley Swearingen. “If there’s one thing that Californians should know about Fresno, it’s that we are full of surprises. And just when you’ve think you’ve pegged us to be one type of community, we’ll surprise you.”

Some of Swearingen’s motivation comes from wanting to support local jobs and manufacturing. A new Fresno company, California Tiny House, is now building these custom homes for people all over the state. It recently held an unusual open house to celebrate Fresno’s new rules, parking a 270-square-foot cottage on wheels in front of City Hall.

Tiny Homes in Fresno

San Luis Obispo
The Community Development Department recently updated its Zoning Regulations which included provisions for Tiny Homes on Wheels in the backyard of on a site with an owner-occupied single-family residence. A single-family residence (Single-Unit Dwelling) is defined as a dwelling unit designed for occupancy by one household which is not attached to or located on a lot with commercial uses or other dwelling units.
Sonoma County, Ca,

Tiny houses on wheels are allowed as caregiver dwellings in Sonoma County, CA, as well as Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Alameda, Contra Costa & Sacramento, according to Sonya Tafejian of
Tiny House Consulting Sonoma County, phone 707-779-9474.

Sonoma County Zoning Code: Section 26-88-010

Article Source ATHA

Caregiver caravans legal in Sonoma and other northern CA counties


Colorado’s Tiny House Movement, Communities and Resources Galore

The tiny house movement in Colorado is booming. Despite limited legal parking opportunities for tiny homes on wheels. But that is changing in a big way, thanks to community developers and local advocates. Their efforts have been aided by all the positive press about the last few years’ exuberant festivals, from the first Tiny House Jamboree to the annual Colorado Tiny House Festival and the People’s Tiny House Festival.

Several smaller events and the gorgeous WeeCasa hotel have added to the growing tiny buzz. The roster of Colorado-based tiny home builders is ever-growing—there are over 24 to choose from! DIY building options are plentiful, as well. The Denver metro is home to TrailerMade Trailers, Einstyne Tiny Homes (tiny house shell specialists) and DIY build sites are available from Tiny Home Connection and Colorado Custom Coachworks.

Tiny House Blog

Lyons, Colorado

The journey to legalize tiny homes on wheels  in Lyons, Colorado was a three year journey.  We  need to thank Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes for being on the forefront of this  battle. Byron Fears is the Director Of Communications for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ).

Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.


Jasper, Florida- 40L Ranch in Jasper, Florida is a tiny home village for single women over 55 years of age. 40L affectionately stands for four old ladies. The tiny home village is an agricultural community who love horses! They allow tiny homes on a foundation, wheels or Park Models,  Details

Brevard, Floridia -Cheatham said the tiny homes are now being allowed in some neighborhoods both in the city of Longwood and in Brevard County where the commission recently came to an agreement.

“Brevard County now has a new piece of property that has just opened up some lots, it’s called Braveheart Properties in northern Brevard, and they actually are gonna be the first ones here in Brevard that will have an actual tiny home community — both on wheels, like the one you’re staying in, and on foundations,” Cheatham said.

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Cocke County

It’s all happening off a side road in Newport, Tennessee. Now people are moving to a Cocke County and jobs are being created. “We’ve got 68 people moving to Cocke County from all over the United States. From New Mexico. From Washington. From Arizona. While this may have you itching to invest in a tiny home, be mindful of strict local regulations and coding. Cocke County has embraced them but regulations on what defines ‘a house’ haven’t caught up everywhere.

“The county is open to tiny homes. There’s no restrictions,” Jones said.


Newport Plain Talk


Lake Dallas Tiny Village : Approved As A Planned Development Referencing 2018 IRC Appendix V-  Adapted By Approval Of Lake Dallas For Tiny Homes On Wheels

Article Source Taylor Premier Properties

Amended Ordinance 20190502-LD Ord Amending Tiny Home PD Ordinance-107709

Amended Ordinance Ordinance 2017-14 Amending Zoning Ordinance Gotcher

Note: Appendix Q was previously called Appendix V


The Ruscombmanor Township supervisors approved a zoning amendment on Sept. 5 allowing accessory dwellings such as tiny homes in residential districts. According to township Solicitor Paul T. Essig, the revision will allow one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) per property, and the unit may house relatives or caregivers for the owners of the main house. They cannot be rented.

The ordinance targets tiny homes that usually can be wheeled onto a space near but separate from the home, and can either be removed or converted into non-residential use, such as storage, once they’re no longer needed.

Essig said residents with the tiny homes would be required to obtain a permit, which the board set for $150, and have the permit reviewed every six months by a township zoning officer. Details.


The Small House Specialty Code And Oregon Reach Code address moveable tiny homes. Details

Portland allows tiny homes with conditions. Details

Washington State

Senate Bill ESSB 5383 that went into effect July 28th, 2019 is a great win for moveable tiny homes. The provided a definition -“Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to36be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.

Individual cities and counties may allow tiny houses with wheels to be collected together as tiny house villages using the binding site plan method articulated in chapter 58.17 RCW.

Except as provided under subsection (4) of this section, a city or town may not adopt an ordinance that has the effect, directly or indirectly, of preventing the entry or requiring the removal of recreational vehicle or tiny house with wheels as defined in section165 of this act used as a primary residence in manufactured/mobile home communities.

Washington state is in the public comment stage regarding the adoption of Appendix Q until Sept 27th, 2019.


Check Back As I Add More Wins For Our Industry!

Where Can I Live Legally?

Please review the Where Can I Live Legally page, there are a lot of resources for finding tiny home villages and creative ways to find a place to live in a moveable tiny home.

HBAM And ICC Publish 2018 Select IRC Options With MRC

HBAM And ICC Publish 2018 Select IRC Options With MRC

”2018 Select IRC Options For Use With The Michigan Residential Code”

Written By Janet Thome

The Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM) and the International Code Council (ICC) have joined forces to publish a targeted book of changes in the 2018 IRC to allow Home Builders Association of Michigan members and others to benefit from their new ability without having to buy the entire code. The book is titled ” 2018 Select IRC Options For Use With The Michigan Residential Code.”

Michigan Is Staying With 2015 IRC Until 2021 Is Adopted

The Flex Code Law, Public Act 504 of 2012  allows Michigan to choose to update the Michigan Residential Code every three or six years. Michigan chose not to update to the 2018 edition of the IRC published by the ICC and will be staying with the 2015 MRC until the 2021 edition of IRC is available and adopted.

The Flex Law: Allows Any Section Of The 2018 IRC

The state chose not to update to the 2018 edition of the IRC published by the ICC and will be staying with the 2015 MRC until the 2021 edition of IRC is available and adopted. In addition to providing flexibility in when the residential code is updated, The Flex Law  also included language to allow the use, at the option of the contractor, of any section of the 2018 IRC.

2018 Select IRC Options For Use With The Michigan Residential Code

The Builder’s Guide to Significant Changes to the 2018 IRC” provides Michigan home builders access to the latest advances in building safety, affordability and innovation.

The twenty-eight significant changes found in this book were selected by HBAM’s Building Code Committee as offering the most flexibility and utility for builders, electricians, plumbers and mechanical contractors.

The guide includes a summary of each change; the actual code language; the significance of the change and, when appropriate, illustrations. Examples of the illustrations can be found below. The guide will be available in either print or as a PDF. Individual pages can be printed from the PDF.

Appendix Q Tiny Houses: Listed As A Select Option

Appendix Q is listed in chapter Nine of the book HBAM and the ICC published, titled ” 2018 Select IRC Options For Use With The Michigan Residential Code.”

Lee Schwartz Is On The ICC Residential Energy Code Panel

Lees Schwartz,  HBAM’s Executive Vice President for Government Affairs is on the ICC’s Residential Energy Code panel, which will hear and have the first vote on all proposed changes to the residential energy code provisions.

Buy The Book At The ICC Website

Table Of Contents And Chapters

Learn More About Appendix Q And The ICC Process

Current Development Cycle

Article Source:  Home builders Association Of Michigan: 2018 Select IRC Options

Article Source: Home Builders Association Of Michigan : What The 2021 Residential Code Looks Like In Your Hands

Photo Credit: Dickinson Homes



Tiny Home Discussion: Marshfield, Wisconsin

Tiny Home Discussion: Marshfield, Wisconsin

Plan Commission Meeting: March 19th, 2019


Written By Janet Thome

Marshfield, Wisconsin- The Plan Commission asked the City Staff to research the topic of tiny homes to see if this type of residential building should be regulated by the zoning code. The State of Wisconsin does not adhere to the International Residential Code, but rather adheres to the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code ( UDC).

The meeting was prompted by a few inquiries asking about whether or not tiny houses are allowed in Marshfield in the past. The answer is, as long as the structure meets UDC dwelling code requirements, there is no minimum size limit for a house from a zoning perspective. It is important to note that this is only the case for tiny houses that are built on a permanent foundation and is not the case for tiny homes on wheels.

A Tiny Home Does Not Have To Be 400 Square Feet Or Less

The State of Wisconsin does not adhere to the International Residential Code and references the 2018 IRC and Appendix Q in the memorandum, but  adheres to the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code. Therefore, the City Staff believes that what they consider to be a tiny house does not have to be 400 square feet or less; however, it would make sense to use that definition since it is established elsewhere.

Ultimately, they can choose any size and consider that to be a “tiny house”. Staff believes that the definition of a tiny house can be added to the zoning code and a residential land use type can be created to regulate tiny houses. The only difference between a tiny house and a single-family residential use would be the size and ultimately where it can be built.

MH-8 Mobile Home Residential Zoning District

If a tiny house land use is  added to the Code, the City Staff  would recommend that these tiny houses would be permitted by right in the MH-8 Mobile Home Residential zoning district. Staff would like to know if the Plan Commission thinks that tiny houses should be allowed in other districts such as UMU or SR-6 since the lot sizes in those districts are generally small and would be a better fit. A tiny house located in these districts may still appear to be out of character; however they could potentially work as infill development or potentially be built on substandard lots that a typical single family residence would likely not be able to build on without a variance. A possibility could be to allow a tiny house as permitted by conditional use in those districts, but mention in the regulations that it can only be allowed as a conditional use if it is used as infill development, building on a substandard lot, or something similar in nature.

Tiny Homes On Wheels

A Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) creates an interesting issue because it is not technically considered to be a recreational vehicle, as a recreational vehicle is intended for non-permanent living, while a THOW is intended to be used as a residence. A THOW is similar to a recreational vehicle and appears to follow similar standards to the requirements for recreational vehicles. A THOW is defined by the Tiny House Community as “a structure which is intended as a full time residence or year-round rental property and meets these five conditions:

1. Built on a trailer that was registered with the owner’s local DMV.

2. Ability to tow via bumper hitch, frame towing hitch, or fifth-wheel connection. It cannot, nor designed to, move under its down power.

3. Is no larger than allowed by applicable state law. (The typical THOW is no more than 8’6” wide, 30’ long, and 13’6” high. Larger tiny houses may require a special commercial driver’s license and/or special permits when being towed

4. Has at least 70 square feet of first floor interior living space, and no more than 400 square feet (excluding any lofts).

5. Includes basic functional areas that support normal daily routines (such as cooking, sleeping, and toiletry

Guideline For THOW Builder

This definition is written as a guideline for a THOW builder and these guidelines are not formally recognized by a government authority. If the City were to allow THOW’s in the MH-8 Mobile Home zoning district, for example, then the question should be asked if all recreational vehicles shall be allowed in this district. City staff would not recommend this and for that reason, if THOW’s were to be allowed in any capacity, then they should only be allowed in a campground. Campgrounds are permitted by conditional use in the RH-35 Rural Holding zoning district and the GI General Industrial zoning district. There is little precedent for how these are regulated by cities in Wisconsin.

Next Step: Defining Tiny Homes And Land Use

The City may choose to regulate tiny houses by adding a definition and land use for the term, or a limit can be set on minimum building size for dwelling units in each zoning district. Under the current Code, a house of any size can be built as long as the UDC standards are conforming. The main thing to decide is whether the City believes that: there should be a limit on the size of small houses, if those types of houses are only to be allowed in certain zoning districts, or if the Code shall remain the same. The next step would be deciding if there should be just one definition for tiny homes. For example, a tiny house can be considered to be “a dwelling unit that is 400 square feet or less in area excluding lofts, or if each zoning district should create a minimum dwelling unit size requirement as well.

City Planner: Bryce Hembrook

For more information contact Bryce Hembrook, City Planner of Marshfield, Wisconsin at 715 486 2074. I followed up on the agenda and it has not progressed at this time.



Public Comment Stage: Wa. State Appendix Q

Public Comment Stage: Wa. State Appendix Q

Public Testimony Period For Proposed Changes Of Appendix Q Open Until Sept. 27th, 2019


Written By Janet Thome

On July 31st, 2019 the Washington State Building Code Council had a TAG meeting that was open to the public. The subject for discussion was IRC Appendix Q, Tiny Houses Sleeping Lofts. The building code council presented an amended version of Appendix Q. It was announced in the meeting that the public would be allowed to comment both in person and through written testimonies.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 mandated that the building code council adopt building codes specific for tiny homes by Dec 31st, 2019.

Washington State Defined Tiny Homes In Section Five Of ESSB 5383

“Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.

 Public testimony period for proposed changes of Appendix Q open until Sept. 27th, 2019.


Oral Testimonies

Spokane Valley: Sept 13th, 2019 and Olympia : Sept 27th, 2019

Written Testimonies

Go to the SBCC website and click Here. Scroll down and click on the 2018 International Residential Code to view the CR-102 – locations for public meetings are also in CR-1-102.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 Tiny Houses.

Effective July 28th, 2019

Section One: Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards Requested In The Act

The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.

Section Six: By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses

Sec. 6. RCW 19.27.035 and 2018 c 207 s 2 are each amended to read as follows: The building code council shall:

(1) ( A )   By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW ; 19.27.031 and ;

(B) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.

(2) By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses

Amended Version Of Appendix Q And Minutes From July 31st, 2019

The TAG reviewed the attached proposal. This proposal was approved by the SBCC to solicit public testimony through the State’s Rulemaking process (CR-102). The TAG felt this proposal adequately addressed ESSB 5383 and no further action by the TAG was necessary. There were no dissenting votes.

 At This Time  Moveable Tiny Homes Have Not Been Addressed By The Tag Team

Approval Process

The approval process for a tiny home depends on where it is built

Tiny Homes: From Washington State Labor And Industries

A tiny home is a dwelling that may be built on wheels and is no larger than 400 square feet, including a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping/living area, and must be built to the Washington State Building Code. The approval process for a tiny home depends on where it’s built.

On this page, you can determine whether you need approval of construction plans and inspections from L&I or the local building department where the home is being built.

  • IF you are building a tiny home on the site where it will be occupied and used, then you do not need to read any further: Contact your local building department . You may also need an L&I electrical inspection.
  • IF you’re building a structure with wheels, that’s not a tiny home as described above, then you may be building a recreational vehicle or park model. L&I inspects and regulates these units. You will need to contact your local building department to find out where it can be located or placed.
  • IF you’re purchasing a manufactured home of any size, including a tiny manufactured home, then you will need to contact your local building department to find out where it can be located.
  • IF you’re building a tiny home somewhere OTHER than where it will be occupied and used, then move on to “building a tiny home” below.

Building A Tiny Home Offsite

L&I is the building department for the construction of tiny homes that are built at OFFSITE locations, such as a factory or even a back yard. L&I reviews plans and inspections for tiny homes built offsite from where they will be placed.

Building A Tiny Home Offsite

Washington Labor And Industries

L&I frequently receives inquiries regarding the rules and requirements for “tiny homes”. In Washington State “tiny homes” must meet the State Building Code requirements (RCW 19.27.031). Other types of units such as Park Model RVs (PMRV), Recreational Vehicles (RV) and HUD Manufactured Homes are not tiny homes even though people may be living in them.

Please note that while L&I inspects and labels several of these types of structures, or units; cities and counties are responsible for regulating how all structures, or units, including, RV’s, PMRV’s modular buildings and manufactured homes can be used within their jurisdictions.

If you have questions about using an RV, PMRV, modular building or manufactured home to live in, please contact your local building department first. L&I can only approve the construction of RV’s, PMRV’s and modular buildings, not how they are used or where they can be located.

Labor And Industries Tiny Home Hand Out

Photo Credit: American Tiny House

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243

Adopts Small Home Specialty Code to regulate construction of homes

Not more than 400 square feet in size Effective October 1st, 2019

Written By Janet Thome
Photo: Oregon Cottage Company

”Small House Specialty Code” – Means the specialty code adopted under section 2 of this 2019 act. It means a code of regulations adopted under ORS 446.062, 446.185, 447.020 (2), 455.020 (2),455.496, 455.610, 455.680, 460.085, 460.360, 479.730 (1) or 480.545 or section 2 of this 2019 Act.

Section 2 Of HB243 : Including But Not Limited To  Appendix Q

1) As used in this section, “small home” means a single family residence that is not more than 400 square feet in size.(2) Not withstanding ORS 455.020 and 455.030, the 2018 International Residential Code, including  but not limited to Appendix Q of that code, is adopted as a Small Home Specialty Code applicable to the construction of a small home.


  • Requires amendment of Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code to provide that Small Home Specialty Code supersedes conflicting provisions of Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code.
  • Authorizes municipal building official to alter, modify or waive specialty code requirements for small home if strict adherence to Small Home Specialty Code is impractical or infeasible.
  • Requires that building permits and zoning permits for small home designate small home as single family project.
  • Requires that certificate of occupancy for small home allow occupancy only for residential use as single family dwelling.
  • Specifies application of fire sprinkler head and fire sprinkler system design criteria to small homes.
  • Authorizes municipal building official to allow increased detection and occupant notification in lieu of fire sprinkler head or fire sprinkler system.
  • Requires that small home be built with listed heat detector unit alarm or listed photoelectric smoke alarm.
  • Sunsets Small Home Specialty Code and small home fire sprinkler design , heat detector and smoke alarm provisions on January 2, 2026.

Text Bill HB243


Related:  Oregon Reach Code Effective Sept. 20th, 2018

SECTION 102 APPLICABILITY102.1 General. This code is an overlay to the other Oregon Specialty Codes. This code is not intended to be used as a stand-alone construction regulation document or to abridge or supersede safety, health or environmental requirements

Under Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 455.500, the division, after consultation with the appropriate advisory board, shall establish a Reach Code. The Oregon Reach Code is an optional set of standards providing a choice for builders, consumers, contractors, and others.

Customers can choose to build to the codes adopted as the State Building Code or to build to this optional Reach Code.When adopting this code, the division considers economic and technical feasibility, and any published codes that are newly developed for construction.

The Oregon Reach Code is not limited to energy provisions and may include other subject matters. This code is an optional tool for local builders and local government and is not applicable in areas of state administration.The 2018 Oregon Reach Code consists of two parts. Part I includes optional energy standards for commercial and residential buildings. Part II includes optional provisions for tiny houses, 400 square feet or less in floor area, not including loft areas.

Part I—Commercial Energy provisions

Adopted code:2018 International Energy Conservation Code(IECC) with Oregon Reach Commodification:For structures covered under the Oregon Structural Specialty Code(OSSC), the 2018 IECC represents an improvement to the 2014 OSSC/2014 OEESC. The 2018 IECC is a contemporary code that advances energy efficiency through a timely evaluation and recognition of the latest advancements in construction techniques, emerging technologies and science related to the built environment. The 2018 IECC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as the most current national energy efficiency construction code

Part 1- Residential Energy Provisions Adopted code:2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), including Chapter 11,with Oregon Reach Commodification:For residential structures covered under the ORSC, the 2017 ORSC exceeds national standards that are  technically and economically feasible for residential structures.

Part  11- Tiny Houses
Adopted code:2018 International Residential Code (IRC), including Appendix Q for Tiny Houses, with Oregon Reach Commodification:The 2018 IRC, including Appendix Q, provides minimum standards for the construction of tiny houses, 400 square feet or less in floor area, not including loft areas.In addition to an energy provision modification,(requiring all LED lighting), this code establishes new occupancy classification for the tiny house on wheels product. Many wheeled-type structures are constructed using recreational vehicle-type products that are not typically allowed for permanent dwelling use. The exemption of product certification requirements under the electrical and plumbing statutes allows the Oregon Reach Code to provide a solution for contractors wanting to incorporate these products.This code provides another tool for tiny house builders. Provides flexibility for local government to address housing needs.Includes standards for both tiny houses on wheels and permanent tiny houses.

2018 Oregon Reach Code

Tiny Homes Intended For Permanent Living

1) Tiny houses classified as a Group R-3 occupancy, one-family dwelling unit as defined in the Oregon Residential Specialty Code intended for permanent living.

2) Tiny house on  wheels classified as a Group R-5 occupancy intended for temporary or emergency use or  as allowed by the building official.Group R-5 structures are structures on wheels approved by the building official under this code.

A Group R-5 structure must be built on a chassis with cord and hose utility connections in accordance with R107.3 and R107.3.2. A Group R-5 structure is limited to temporary living quarters for seasonal or emergency use or as allowed by the building official.

The duration of stay may be determined by local ordinance or local administrative rule.Exception: Group R-5 structures located in approved recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, or transitional housing parks may not be subject to limitation on use and period of stay, unless addressed through land use and planning by the local municipality. See Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 197.493.

 Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 197.493: Placement And Occupancy Of Recreational Vehicle

1) A state agency or local government may not prohibit the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle, or impose any limit on the length of occupancy of a recreational vehicle, solely on the grounds that the occupancy is in a recreational vehicle, if the recreational vehicle is:

(a) Located in a manufactured dwelling park, mobile home park or recreational vehicle park;

(b) Occupied as a residential dwelling; and

(c) Lawfully connected to water and electrical supply systems and a sewage disposal system.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not limit the authority of a state agency or local government to impose other special conditions on the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle. [2005 c.619 §12]

Note: See note under 197.492 (Definitions for ORS 197.492 and 197.493).

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R119.2 Occupancy classification conversion from Group R-5 to Group-3

R119.2 Occupancy classification conversion: Group R-5 -wheeled residential structures constructed in accordance with this code may be converted to a Group R-3 permanent one-family dwelling provided that upon application to the local municipality for a change of occupancy, the applicant provides adequate information demonstrating how the structure will meet the minimum requirements for connection of electrical and plumbing systems and be permanently anchored to the ground to meet minimum requirements for resisting seismic and wind forces such as, construction details, design drawings, calculations and other information necessary, including how the chassis and floor system is anchored to the proposed foundation system, and any products or equipment that may not meet the minimum requirements of the 2018 International Residential Code including Appendix Q.

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Related: Oregon Legislation For The RV Industry

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs.

Oregon Duplicative Compliance Seal Eliminated

With the enactment of this new law, the need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to RVs is eliminated and Oregon joins the vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs.

Removes Requirement For PMRV Manufacturers To Use Licensed Plumbers And Electricians

Additionally, the new law removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs. The bill, OR SB 410, takes effect January 1, 2020.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Oregon Tiny Home Regulation Nov 27th. 2018

“Tiny home” is an umbrella term for structures designed to provide low-cost or minimally sized housing options for consumers. Tiny homes are subject to building codes and licensing standards that govern their constructionism installation, zoning codes that dictate where they can be sited, and registration or requirement tiny homes when moving on public roads.

Article Source Oregon Legislature.Gov

Related: Jurisdictional Gap Between Two Oregon State Agencies

The Oregon DMV, meanwhile, said state law until recently prohibited it from providing titles to park model RVs because they’re not street-legal and aren’t considered a vehicle. The Legislature passed House Bill 2333 to expand the DMV’s responsibilities to include park model RVs, but that law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1st, 2019.

Article Source The Oregonian

Related: Governor Signs Four Housing Bills

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed four housing bills into law Thursday designed to address the state’s housing crisis.

Senate Bill 5512, House Bill 2003, HB 2006 and the controversial HB 2001, now signed into law, each address Oregon’s housing crisis.

“This session, we committed to significant investments that will help every Oregon family have a warm, safe, and dry place to call home,” Brown said in a news release. “No one single solution will address our housing crisis, and this legislation tackles the whole spectrum of issues, from homelessness, to stable rental housing, to increasing home ownership.”

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Back Story On Oregon Titling Issues And Building Codes

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